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Need to Know: Do the Giants play to win vs. the Redskins?

Need to Know: Do the Giants play to win vs. the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 28, four days before the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants.

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Today's schedule: Practice 10:45; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins press conferences, player availability after practice approx. 11:45

Days until: Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 4; Wild card playoff round starts 10; Division playoff round start 17

Injuries of note:
S Whitner (quad), C Long (ankle), CB Dunbar (concussion), TE Reed (shoulder), WR Jackson (jaw), RB Kelley (knee), LB Cravens (upper arm)
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Do they play to win the game? Ben McAdoo will say the Giants are going to play to win. So will all of the players. But that may not necessarily be the case. How long does Eli Manning play? And the offensive line has been banged up a lot this year. If McAdoo wants to rest some O-linemen will he keep Eli in? Will the score determine if/when he starts sending backups? There will be some talk but we won’t really know until the game starts unfolding on Sunday.

Eli takes a step back: One of the reasons why the Giants hired McAdoo to be their coach is that Manning’s experienced a career revival when McAdoo came in as Tom Coughlin’s offensive coordinator in 2014. Eli’s numbers aren’t back to where they were pre-McAdoo but compared to last year he is down in touchdowns, yards per attempt, and passer rating and up in interceptions. Hmmm, maybe the Redskins are hoping that he does play the whole game.

Norman vs. Beckham 3: I’m not sure how big a deal Norman vs. Beckham is going to be this time around. There weren’t much fireworks during the Week 3 game in the Meadowlands and, of course, the Redskins have far more important things on their minds than any sort of individual matchup. Also, if McAdoo senses that Beckham is getting rattled he can sit him out for a series or two or just give him the rest of the day off. The matchup will get some play but there are far more important matters at hand.

Leaders: Passing, Manning 3,847 yards; Rushing, Rashad Jennings 541 yards; Receiving Beckham 96 rec., 1323 yds., 10 TD; Interceptions, Landon Collins 5; Sacks Olivier Vernon 8.5

Three and out: The Giants defense is the polar opposite of the Redskins D in one important aspect—they are first in the NFL in both red zone defense and goal to go defense . . . The time to get to the Giants is early. They have been outscored 88-51 in the first quarter but they have an scoring edge in the other three periods . . . In addition to throwing 16 interceptions Manning has lost four fumbles.

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Cris Collinsworth tells Redskins fan Dale Earnhardt. Jr. how the team can create leverage with No. 2 pick

Cris Collinsworth tells Redskins fan Dale Earnhardt. Jr. how the team can create leverage with No. 2 pick

If there was a Mount Rushmore for celebrity Redskins fans, Dale Earnhardt Jr. would certainly make the list.

And he, like every other Redskins fan, is wondering what the team will do with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

On Wednesday, the semi-retired NASCAR driver joined NBC Sports' Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth on an edition of Lunch Talk Live, where Earnhardt was able to ask Collinsworth a bunch of hard-hitting questions regarding Ohio State's Chase Young and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa that many fans would like to know.

The driver first asked Collinsworth if the talk about the Redskins potentially moving back in the draft to acquire multiple picks is legitimate, and the Sunday Night Football broadcaster told Earnhardt he believes it is.

"Yeah, I think so. If you want Tua, you have to jump up there somewhere," Collinsworth said. "So a lot of people are assuming it's Detroit that they're going to make that trade with. If I'm the Redskins, I would be telling everybody I know how much I love Tua. Because if they want to make that deal, I want them coming up and making that deal with me."

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Collinsworth went on to explain that even if the Redskins do want to take Young, they should continue to make teams believe that they're at least semi-interested in drafting Tagovailoa. Otherwise, QB-needy teams will try to strike a deal with the Lions at No. 3 first, knowing they probably won't have to give up as much compensation in return.

Earnhardt then asked whether the Redskins should even consider trading back if the opportunity presents itself, as Young may be too talented of a prospect to pass up.

"I think the Chase Young question is a big one, too," Collinsworth said. "Is he really one of those Lawrence Taylor, generational pass rusher kind of guys? Because you're going to feel awfully stupid if you trade him out. Conceivably, you could even trade back to four or five, depending on how the rest of the draft ends up going, and still have a chance [at Chase Young]."

Collinsworth explained that the Lions really need a cornerback, and there will likely be a very solid one on the board at No. 3 with Ohio State's Jeff Okudah. At No. 4, the New York Giants could also take an offensive lineman, as they have a gaping hole at left tackle.

So, if a quarterback-needy team like the Miami Dolphins at No. 5 of Los Angeles Chargers at No. 6 comes calling, there could conceivably still be a chance the Redskins trade back and land Young.

"Could Chase Young fall? Could you still get him at five?" Collinsworth asked. "That's what makes it fun. Nobody knows what's going to come out of this thing."

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, teams have been unable to bring in prospects to their own facilities. That means no individual workouts, no in-person interviews, and no team doctors have not been able to examine players. The last part is extremely crucial for Tagovailoa, as he's continuing to recover from a dislocated hip injury he suffered in November.

The former Alabama QB claims to be 100 percent healthy, but no team doctors have been able to confirm that due to the circumstances.

"How do you know?" Collinsworth said on Tua's health. "It's even worse this year because they can't get him on campus and have their own doctors take a look at him. So it adds to the intrigue."

Collinsworth also brought up the Redskins second-year passer Dwayne Haskins and thinks it's far too early for the Redskins to give up on him.

"You have Dwayne Haskins, who was good last year," Collinsworth said. "He had his moments. If you compare him to the other rookie quarterbacks, he was right in there. It's going to take a little while for him to get up and running."

To conclude the interview, Earnhardt asked Collinsworth that if the draft happened today, what he thinks would happen. His response should please many of the Redskins fans pleading to stay at No. 2.

"If I had to bet my house today, I would guess Chase Young goes to Washington," Collinsworth said.

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Redskins to host virtual party for 2020 NFL Draft

Redskins to host virtual party for 2020 NFL Draft

The Washington Redskins are inviting fans to join their virtual draft experience from April 23-25, which includes a virtual party in lieu of the standard in-person event.

The decision to move to this format is in accordance with social distancing guidelines, as it will allow fans to join the draft experience while staying safe at home. 

The Redskins virtual experience will feature live draft coverage and analysis on the first two days of the NFL Draft, leading up to the draft party on the third day.

The draft party on April 25 will be streamed on the Redskins’ social media channels and will include interviews with coaches, players and celebrity fans. There will also be fan giveaways. 

“We hope the NFL Draft will be a source of joy and excitement for fans who welcome some distraction during these extremely challenging times,” said head coach Ron Rivera. “The Virtual Draft Party is meant to be a celebration that will create a sense of unity for Redskins fans as we continue this fight together, while understanding we have a responsibility to do the right thing by not celebrating together physically.”

Some of the special guests due to make an appearance are Rivera, Redskins VP of player personnel Kyle Smith, and quarterback Dwaye Haskins. 

Registration is free for all fans at Redskins.com/VirtualDraft.

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